Strategic Planning

Learn to develop, coordinate with fundraising efforts, implement and evaluate the strategic planning process effectively. 

A strategic plan is a powerful organizational development tool as it clearly delineate priorities and provides a framework for future action. But how can a nonprofit organization work with its many stakeholder groups to develop a comprehensive strategic plan? A well thought out, inclusive process is the best way to ensure the strategic plan becomes a living document that is seamlessly integrated into all organizational activities. This course focuses on helping you think through a planning process that makes sense for your organization and explore the many planning tools and techniques available.

This course meets the elective requirement for the Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives (LINE) Certificate. 


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CPNL1110.F17.1 Jeff Stys On-campus 8:30 a.m.-noon (breakfast provided) Friday, October 6, 2017

Instructor: Jeff Stys

Job Title: President

Organization: Strategic Decision Associates

Degree(s): Master's degree

Jeff Stys has been President of Strategic Decision Associates, a Houston-based consulting practice, since June 2008. He focuses on organizational strategic planning, development of high-performing collaboratives, and community planning. He brings both his coaching and facilitation skills to all his engagements.  Since starting Strategic Decision Associates, Mr. Stys has worked with a number of Houston and Galveston philanthropic, government and non-profit organizations. He has spoken about the role of nongovernmental organizations in disaster response in Bilbao, Spain and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mr. Stys spent over ten years at the United Way of Greater Houston where he oversaw the development and execution of community initiatives such as Operation Thrive and coordination of the social service efforts after Hurricanes Rita/Katrina and Tropical Storm Allison. Born and raised in upstate New York, Mr. Stys has been a Houstonian for more than 25 years and has a masters’ degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin.  


Term: Fall 2017

Start Date: Oct. 06, 2017

End Date: Nov. 03, 2017

Schedule: 8:30 a.m.-noon (breakfast provided)

Length: Two Fridays (Oct. 6 and Nov. 3)

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $345

For AFP members: $294

CEUs: 0.7

CFRE: 7 points

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